For four years now, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and La Grande Virée Artistique de Sherbrooke have joined forces to celebrate art through the Claude Métras Award, granted every year to honour young emerging artists. Among the 38 artists and 48 works submitted, the jury selected Guy Labbé, for his “Danseuse africaine” sculpture in red cedar. Guy also won the $500 cash prize awarded to the winner. The “public choice award” was jointly awarded to Naomie L’Archevêque-Carrière (Collège Mont-Notre-Dame) for her acrylic work “Vague à l’âme” and Samuel Flibotte for his clay, metal and acrylic sculpture “Mort noire”.
Unique venue for creators
Eastern Townships Vice-President Guy Fauteux said, “Encouraging up-and-coming artists is essential to the growth of society and culture represents a major economic development lever. We are very proud to have been offering creators a unique place for exhibiting their work since 1987.”
The next exhibit at the Sherbrooke office will highlight three artists: Adèle Blais, painter, Anne-Marie Auclair, painter and Michel Bornais, granite and metal sculptor. The public is invited to come discover their work all week, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 455 King St. West, Suite 500.
Claude Métras: A lover of art and culture
Claude Métras, now retired from Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, worked for the firm for 35 years and played a significant role in numerous organizations such as the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra, Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science, the Société d’histoire de Sherbrooke and the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. He was also a Quebec representative on the Board of Trustees of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust.